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Bill Authorizes Cal/OSHA Inspection Notification

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is facing a bill that was introduced at the end of February that would authorize California employers to receive advance notice of an inspection or investigation.

Assembly Bill 1175 authorizes the notice if the chief of Cal/OSHA or the chief’s representative approves the notice and if “advance notice is necessary to ensure availability of essential personnel or access to the site.”

This would mark a significant change from Cal/OSHA has operated in the past and is estimated to decrease the number of repeat site visits as well as the time needed for site visits. The change was reportedly prompted by the influx of safety measures caused by COVID-19.

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The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is facing a bill that was introduced at the end of February that would authorize California employers to receive advance notice of an inspection or investigation.

In an interview with California attorney Karen Tynan, who specializes in employment and regulatory law, explained that it’s about efficiency.

“For example, when an employer reports a serious injury or a fatality, DOSH has the employer’s contact information including a phone number to reach an employer representative. The inspector could arrange a site visit and pre-discuss having a particular piece of machinery available for inspection so that the inspector doesn’t have to wait for the employer to make arrangements, or, for a COVID-19 related example, if an inspector receives a complaint regarding a healthcare facility, the inspector could make pre-arrangements to be properly screened, bring the correct PPE and have witnesses available to minimize waiting times and workplace exposures to COVID-19 during the inspection.”

The Bill is currently sitting in the Labor and Employment Committee and is expected to make it to the governor’s desk.

Other Inspection Changes

COVID-19 hasn’t just inspired a change in California inspections. Last month, the New York City Department of Buildings announced that it had begun piloting a new Remote Video Inspections program that will replace in-person visits for some construction inspections.

The program, which began March 19, lasts for six weeks and will end April 30. Reportedly, the voluntary program will occur for some construction site in Staten Island and Brooklyn. If at the end of the pilot period the program is deemed a success, the DOB will expand the procedure to the rest of the city.

“By conducting a small-scale pilot, the Department will be able to identify operational challenges and address any new processes needed to provide a long-term remote presence,” the DOB said in a program summary.

If the inspector observes elements that are considered unsuitable for virtual inspection, the DOB will require a physical inspection.

   

Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Government; Health and safety; Inspection; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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